I don’t even know where I would be without you. You’ve helped me get through so much difficult stuff, and for that, I’m extremely grateful. Now that I look back on how we met, it all seems so coincidental: a perchance meeting in an amusement park with thousands of other teenagers from all across California. Despite that, however, I’m sincerely glad that we were able to get to know each other as well as we do now.
During my junior year (or sophomore year for you), I didn’t really know who you were. And I’ll be honest here—I had forgotten your name by the week after Knott’s. In fact, I had to ask Jessica Sun to remind me who you were when I was tagging CSF photos on Facebook for that trip. Now, it all seems so silly that I could forget you, but back then, it was entirely plausible. We had a lot of fun during that night, screaming “IB” on all the rides… oh wait, that was just me.
As 2010 progressed, we got to know each other better. It’s a bit ironic when I think about it now, as it was only through what may have been one of the hardest times of not just my senior year, but my life, that I received the opportunity to get to know you better. I’ll never forget the early AIM conversations that we had, and how they led up to me trusting you with many of my secrets. I’ve never really told anybody else that much about me, but now, I’m really glad that you were the person I chose to confide in.
Though we only started our 11:11 wishes after I stopped with Tracy—it was in early January, I believe—I have to say that I’ve never regretted them. They’ve been different than the ones I used to have with Tracy, but, in their own way, they’re also a lot better. Every day that we talked, whether it be online or in person at school, helped me get though that first hurdle.
I’ll always be grateful that you were there to support me in my awkward and precarious relationship—if you can call it that. I always went to you with my worries, doubts, and regrets, and you always seemed to have a way to make me feel better. Figuratively speaking, I knew that I could always lean on you.
I don’t believe that my words here can fully express how awesome of a person and how great of a friend you are—that feat can only be achieved in remembering all of the memories that we had together—and the ones I’m certain we’ll have in the future.